The Sheriff’s Department is mourning the death of Jake, a longtime police dog that deputies say is responsible for hundreds of drug-related arrests.
Jake, a 12-year-old Labrador, died this morning from cancer, officials said in a statement. He was assigned to Deputy Allen Barger for the past eight years.
Officials said the four-legged deputy was responsible for more than 2,000 searches, 900 arrests, and helped detect marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and firearms.
“Jake was a member of the Sheriff’s Department who gave his all every day to keep narcotics off the streets of our county,” Sheriff Pat Hedges said in the statement.
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Barger is training a new dog, Jack, to replace Jake.